Ring pull: how buckles got curvy

|This sandals trend is all in the details|

Sometimes the success of a trend lies in the finer details, and that’s certainly the case with this summer’s buckles, which have lost their hard edges and gone all soft. Instead of page boy-style squares and rectangles, sandals and shoes are embellished with more dainty circular and D-ring buckles – a far more chic adornment, particularly when it comes to shoes that also show your toes.


1.River Island D-ring sandals, £39 (riverisland.com; also available in blue (top), red, black and animal print); 2. Russell & Bromley ‘Flat-Trick’ ring trim sandals, £115 (russellandbromley.co.uk); 3. Massimo Dutti animal print leather loafers with ring detail, £89.95 (massimodutti.com)

Moving away from what my friend Lucy calls ‘the Founding Fathers look’ which was popular a few years ago, these metal rings are everywhere, from the high end likes of Chloe (10) to good old Marks & Sparks (12). I’d like to draw special attention to River Island’s fantastic offering, which as well as coming in blue (top) and snake print (above), has three other colour options. And at less than forty quid, you could be forgiven for not being able to decide and buying more than one pair.


4. Aeyde ‘Rita’ flats, €175 (aeyde.com); 5. Monki slippers, £25 (monki.com); 6. Kurt Geiger  ‘Dahlia’ leopard print sandals, £89 (kurtgeiger.com)

As well as looking smashing, the circular buckle gives your sandals and shoes a more polished look, elevating them to office or summer wedding status. These & Other Stories ballet pumps (8), for example, would be the perfect partner for a long, romantic dress, while the Aeyde (4) and Whistles (7) sandals look great with tailored trousers, as you can see.


7. Whistles ‘Maddox’ sandals, £115 (whistles.com); 8. & Other Stories ring buckle ballerinas, £79 (stories.com); 9. Charles & Keith nude criss-cross sandals, £39 (charleskeith.co.uk)

I also really like that the round buckles remind me of those retro hair clips which have, thanks to Celine, recently been back in Vogue. If you fancy matching your hair accessories to your shoes, I’ve found a Celine-a-like at Oliver Bonas for £7.50 (here).



10. Chloe ‘Rony’ slides, £495 (net-a-porter.com); 11. Hobbs ‘Paige’ flat sandals, £139 (hobbs.co.uk); 12. Marks & Spencer toe loop ring sandals, £45 (marksandspencer.com)

While I have you there, I noticed that Charles & Keith (9) is now shipping from the UK, so it makes it much easier to shop there! How nice are these pink sandals? As always, I’ve included something here for every budget, and I’d love to to hear what you think. Happy shopping!


13. Miista ‘Avoca’ cream leather sandals, £109 (miista.com); 14. Topshop ‘Faze’ cross strap sandals, £39 (topshop.com); 15. Zara buckled sandals, £17.99 (zara.com)


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